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Least Chipmunk

Tamius minimus
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Habitat: Open coniferous and aspen forests, sagebrush flats, rocky outcroppings and pastures with small shrubs.

Description: Three dark, and two light stripes on the face, five dark and four light stripes on its body. Overall color is reddish brown. They have extremely long tails compared to body length.

Size: 7.5-11cm, 35-72g

Diet: berries, nuts, seeds, grasses, mushrooms and insects.

Fun Facts: Chipmunks dig underground burrows that are very hard to find, they never leave dirt piles at the entrance.

Source: Pattie, D. and C. Fisher. 1999. Mammals of Alberta. Lone Pine Publishing.

area wildlife + plants

Silky Lupine
Lupinus sericeus
  Covered in soft, silvery hairs.  Compound leaves with 6-10 leaflets, that alternate on the stem.  Individual leaflets are narrow and 3-6cm long.  Flowers grow in long terminal clusters, purple-blue in color (can be white or yellowish).  Silky Lupine's often grown in dense groups.
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